Jump to content

    • Days
    • Hours
    • Minutes
    • Seconds

About This Club

The Vic Clark Chapter 91 of the Quarter Century Wireless Association serves the Washington, D. C. area. Our chapter usually meets once per month on the third Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Usually we meet at Glory Days Grill in Fairfax, Virginia, but check the club calendar for changes. We may have a speaker, take a field trip, have a picnic, or just have a social gathering. Visitors are welcome.
  1. What's new in this club
  2. QCWA Ch 91 Members & Friends of Ch 91.... Hopefully we’ll see you at our Saturday, Dec 9th holiday party at 1130 at PJ Skidoos* in Fairfax. We’ll have some cheer, and a grand time socializing. There is no technical program planned for the meeting. In January, we’ll return to our traditional 3rd Saturday of the month meeting, and the program will discuss the ability of the aging power grid, the largest manmade machine in the world to absorb more and more renewable energy generation projects. Our meeting will be at Glory Days, in Fairfax at 1130 (Microcenter Shopping Center). For your info, at our November meeting the membership in attendance forming a quorum for voting purposes reaffirmed the current leadership team for Calendar Year 2024. We also voted to send a $100 donation to the QCWA Scholarship Fund on behalf of former Ch 91 President, Ray Johnson, K5RJ (SK). Further, the Club Secretary made a motion to send a $100 donation to the Northern Virginia FM Association, for the use of their 146.790 MHz repeater to support our Sunday morning QCWA Ch 91 net. BTW, all are welcome to join our net on Sundays. Hope to see you on December 9th. Mike, WA8AHZ QCWA, Ch 91 President *The address for PJ Skidoos is: 9908 Fairfax Blvd Fairfax, VA 22030
  3. QCWA, Ch 91 & Friends of Ch 91: Hope to see you at our November meeting, Saturday, 18 Nov @ 1130 at Glory Days in Fairfax (MircoCenter shopping Center off Nutley Rd. This month you are in for a treat. Tom, AI4UZ is going to dazzle us w/ new magic tricks hot from this year’s Magic Trick Convention. Looking for one volunteer willing to be sawed in half. Note at the November meeting we will have election of officers. If you would like to be considered for an officer position, let me know. While you are updating your calendar, don’t forget to block Saturday, Dec 9th (@ 1130) for our annual Christmas party at PJ Skidoos, in Fairfax. PJ Skidoos is at 9908 Fairfax Blvd. Mike, WA8AHZ
  4. QCWA Ch 91 members & Friends of Ch 91: We’ll not have a monthly meeting on the 3rd Saturday in August – instead operate the NAQP-SSB event on Sat, Aug 19th, starting at 2pm, and have fun! We will meet in person next on Saturday, Sept 15th. It will be our annual fall picnic. Pse mark your calendar to join us in September. Also, if the spirit moves you, consider joining our on-air net every Sunday morning at 9am on the NVFMA Fairfax 2m repeater – 146.790 MHz, PL tone 77.0 Hz. Consider joining us on a Sunday! Mike, WA8AHZ
  5. Hopefully you have your calendar marked for our July meeting on Saturday, July 15th. The meeting will be held at 1130 at Glory Days Fairfax, in the PanAM shopping center. Our presentation is by John, K4XC. He will discuss Electrical Communications of Oahu from the 19th century Kingdom to 1922. He’ll discuss the landline telegraph to submarine cables and interisland, coastal, and trans-pacific radio stations, including commercial and US Navy radio operations. The three forms of radio transmitter used during this period, spark gap, arc converter, and Alexanderson Alternator will be described. The effects of WWI on radio communications of the US will be described, with emphasis on events in Hawaii. See on the 15th. Mike, WA8AHZ
  6. Topic: Next generation recruitment of Ham trends and insights. Join Alexandria Amateur Radio Club’s Joe Izaquirre, KO4QQX as he discusses his Club’s efforts finding the 21st century solution for recruiting new Hams to join their Club. The meeting will be held at Glory Days in Fairfax at 1130, on Saturday, May 20th. Glory Days is in the Pan Am shopping center at 3059 Nutley St, Fairfax, VA 22031
  7. Ch 91 Mbrs & Friends of Ch 91: Hopefully you’ll join us on Saturday, Apr 15th, at 1130 at Glory Days in Fairfax. Our presentation on the early history of radio in the Hawaiian Islands needs to move to the right, as John, K4XC won’t be available this month. Instead, we’re going to have a discussion about the history of Amateur Radio, circa 1923-ish. We’ll use Chris, W2PA excellent timeline as our guide. See: http://w2pa.net/HRH/ See you all in a couple weeks. Mike, WA8AHZ
  8. QCWA, Chapter 91 & Friends of Ch 91: We’ll have no Chapter meeting in March, instead enjoy the Virginia QSO Party (Mar 18-19), or the VWS WINTERFEST (Mar 19). Also, the Virginia activation of W1AW/4 on Mar 15-21st and there is still room to sign up to operate an hour or two. See: http://bit.ly/3iYqWCS In April, we’ll have John, K4XC join us and he’ll talk about early history of radio operations in Hawaii. The meeting will be at Glory Days (Fairfax) on Apr 15th. Mike, WA8AHZ
  9. Please plan to join us for our 2nd face to face meeting of the year on Saturday, Feb 18th starting at 1130. Our venue will be Glory Days in Fairfax, near the MicroCenter. Our topic is Digital Mobile Radio, and some other internet-based methods for getting on the air (GOTA). The focus is on operating procedures. We’ll have a number of DMR experts help us GOTA, and we’ll spend our time exploring different talk groups. See you on the 18th. Mike, WA8AHZ
  10. As we approach another Thanksgiving, I note the following SK... Vic Clark, W4KFC, was President of the ARRL, and honorary member of the Vienna Wireless Society. He died the morning after Thanksgiving, 1983, after having just returned home from traveling on behalf of the ARRL. At the time, Chapter 91 was known as the Northern Virginia Chapter of QCWA. After Vic's untimely death, the chapter applied for, and received, the name memorializing Vic. Keep Vic and his extended family in your prayers this Thanksgiving Mike, WA8AHZ
  11. Pse join the Chapter on the 3rd Sat of November for a business meeting. The meeting will start at 1130, and the Zoom link is: Agenda includes: Treasurer Report Motion to grant funds to NVFMA for use of the Fairfax Repeater On the Need to send in periodic (monthly) Chapter reports to HQs Nomination of, and then election of officers for CY23 Discussion regarding level of participation on Sunday morning nets and monthly meetings Additionally, we’ll discuss plans for a Holiday (non-Zoom) celebration. 73, Mike, WA8AHZ President, QCWA Ch 91
  12. Hard to believe October is here, and it’s time to mark ours calendar for the monthly QCWA meeting on Saturday, Oct 15th starting at 11:30. The meeting will be via Zoom. Our guest this month is Richard Dillman of the Martine Radio Historical Society, and he’ll talk about their mission, and organization dedicated to repairing, restoring and operating the historical “shore to ship” radio station KPH, located on the Point Reyes National Seashore as a way to honor the men and women who for 100 years made the profession of radiotelegrapher one of honor and skill. The Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09 Mike WA8AHZ
  13. QCWA, Ch 91 members: Please block your calendar for the 3rd Saturday in September (Sep 17th) for our Fall picnic starting at 1130 at Doug’s QTH. NO ZOOM !!!! If you need a ride to the picnic, let me know at WA8AHZ@arrl.net Please plan to share a side-dish for about 3-4 people (max) ... that would be helpful. During the picnic, we’ll have a short discussion and tour of a whole house emergency generator system, and our friends from Vance Electric, in Springfield will provide information about their whole house generator system installation and maintenance service. VANCELECTRIC (generatorsnorthernvirginia.com) Doug’s address is: 3630 Camelot Dr. Annandale, VA 22003 Also, mark your calendar for our meeting on Saturday, October 15th, which will be via ZOOM. We’ll be joined by the folks from the Maritime Radio Historical Society in Point Reyes Station, CA. Hope to have a full house for this exciting discussion on coast maritime radio operations spanning the entire 20th century. https://www.radiomarine.org
  14. Please mark your calendar to join us on Saturday, Aug 20th @ 1130 via Zoom to learn more about the Network Engineers Repeater Association (NERA) system of VHF & UHF repeaters in the DMV area – a little bit of history, and how NERA provides an outstanding public service to the community. We will be joined by Art Feller, W4ART for the presentation. The Link to the Zoom Mtg is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09
  15. Please mark your calendar for Saturday, Jul 16th @ 1130 to join us for our monthly meeting, via Zoom. The Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09 Our topic is about the modern reincarnation of “homebrewing”. Specifically: The (Re)emergence of an Amateur Radio “Maker Community” . Join Dean, KK4DAS, and chair of an active Amateur Radio Maker group in Northern Virginia, as he discusses the reemergence of home brewing – in the 21st Century. He will talk about the techniques, and some of the projects he’s lead Hams – old and new to the hobby – make using the “Manhattan style” homebrewing technique. While you have your calendars out, mark your August calendar for a discussion by Art, W4ART on the Network Engineers Repeater Association, and some of the great work NERA does supporting an extensive, linked repeater system in the region. The meeting will be Aug 20th, again at 1130 and via Zoom.
  16. I will be out of town that day - Daughters wedding planning trip - sorry to miss this - Chris AB3WG
  17. Pse join the Chapter for our May 21st face to face meeting, starting at 11:30 am for our Spring Picnic. The Venue will be AK4AO’s home at 3630 Camelot Dr, Annandale. It would be nice if you can bring a side dish to share. It’s been a while since we’ve been able to meet in person, and hope to see you all there. Mike, WA8AHZ President, QCWA, Ch 91
  18. QCWA Ch 91 & Friends: Please circle your calendar for Saturday, 16 Apr @ 1130 for our next QCWA meeting. It will be by Zoom (only) and Chris, W2PA has agreed to return to the Ch 91 club house to talk about some other aspects of Ham Radio History. As you may remember, Chris last talked to us in May 2021, and his talk was entitled: "Where Did the Bands Come From?" This time, he’ll share his historical research on the foundation of the American Radio Relay League -- research he did to help celebrate the League’s 100th year anniversary in 2014. The Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09 FYI/SA... we’ll host our spring picnic on Saturday, May 21st again at 1130, tho we’re still working on the perfect picnic spot. We pray that the center square in Mariupol will be available. Mike, WA8AHZ President, QCWA Ch 91
  19. We'll won't hold a meeting in March, and instead encourage everybody to work the VA QSO Party on March 19 & 20th, and join WINTERFEST on March 27th on the Annandale Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College. Details at Winterfest – Vienna Wireless Society
  20. I’m pleased to let you know that we have a real bang-up program for our Saturday, Feb 19th program @ 11:30, via Zoom* The FFx County ARES folks are going to join us and give a state of play with the revitalized Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) program. Our speaker is Scott Brewer, and he is one of the Assistant Emergency Coordinators for the Fairfax County ARES. He'll present a brief overview of ARES, covering organizational affiliations, membership and certification requirements, capabilities, equipment, training and operations. We’ll not have a Saturday meeting in March, as the 3rd week in March is the VA QSO Party and some of us are heavy committed to the event. Also, mark your calendar for March 27th as that is the ARRL VA Section Convection for 2022, and will be held in conjunction with WINTERFEST at the Annandale Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College. Finally, for the QCWA Ch 91 folks: if you don’t mind paying your $15 dues for 2022 by sending in a check to Doug, AK4AO. His address is good on QRZ. * The Zoom link for the mtg is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09
  21. Join us for our first meeting of the new year, via Zoom on Saturday, Jan 15th at the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09 We are planning to have an old-fashion ragchew … there will be no presentation or speaker for this month’s meeting.
  22. For over a decade, The Santa Net has connected kids from coast to coast with Santa Claus. Youngsters (and those Amateurs young at heart) can talk to “Santa at The North Pole” via strategically placed relay stations who are responsible for relaying in the voice of Santa. Prenet check-ins are welcome each night starting at 7:15 PM central or via email at 3916nets@gmail.com Third party rules and regulations apply. The event runs nightly thru Christmas Eve. The Santa Net is a team effort that involves the efforts of a number of 3916 Net members. The Santa Nets are presented annually by The 3916 Nets. The Weather Bunch, The Rag Chew Crew, The Tailgaters, The Freewheelers and The 3916 Late Late Show are all amateur radio nets that meet on 3.916 MHz. For more information on The 3916 Nets, go to http://www.3916nets.com The Facebook page for The Santa Nets can be found at https://www.facebook.com/3916santanet/ For more information on The Santa Net, email KE5GGY at Gmail dot com.
  23. All, Remember QCWA won't have a face to face holiday party/meeting on Saturday, 11 Dec at PJ Skidoos. Next meeting will be January 15th ... most likely by Zoom. Also, there is a possibility that the 146.685 MHz repeater will be off the air starting on Friday, Dec 10th. Our regular Sunday morning net will be hosted on the NVFMA 146.910 MHz repeater at 9am. Hope to see you on the net on Sunday. We're pleased to provide you a link to the YouTube video of our November meeting, where our visitor, Bruce Littlefield discussed his Grandfather Paul Godfley's 2ZE exploits conducting the 1921 ARRL Transatlantic Radio Test. to view the vid, click here: https://youtu.be/-5eGJ9EIIzE Also, on Dec 11th, the 100th anniversary of the test, about 9pm in the evening ARRL is attempting to recreate the radio test, and the event will be live streamed. The live stream will be on and off all day long, first at the museum most of the day and into the evening live streaming various parts of the day (and hopefully a museum tour!) at https://www.youtube.com/user/mikefef Mike WA8AHZ President, QCWA Ch 91
  24. Version 1.0.0


    This version has been modified to include the requirement to make station Identification (K4HTA) every 10 minutes
  25. Please mark your calendar to join us, via Zoom on Saturday, Nov 20th @ 1130. Our program will discuss a number of mystery radio stations (and not so mystery stations) that populate the HF bands, sometimes right in the middle of the US Amateur Radio bands. The Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09 Would also like to point out that QCWA, in cooperation with (ARRL, Radio Club of America (RCA), Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), and the Antique Wireless Association (AWA), are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the December 1921 Transatlantic tests, which proved that amateur signals could span the Atlantic. As such, RCA is hosting a QSO Party on November 13-14, 2021 See details at: https://www.radioclubofamerica.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=500767&module_id=475160) Our December Holiday Party will be Saturday, Dec 11th @ 1130 at PJ Skidoos, in Fairfax. Hopefully the COVID situation will simmer down by December. This will be our Holiday Party & Social. We will talk about our tentative plans for 2022, and if anybody wishes to volunteer to be the Programs Chairman for next year, let me know! QCWA is celebrating its 74th anniversary in early December, and conducting a Special Event Station, using the QCWA radio call, W2MM from 4-11 Dec. If anybody is interested in signing up to work the SES for an hour or two, let me know and I’ll get you added to the list. The SES will operate both CW and SSB on the harmonic bands.
  26. Pse mark your calendar for Sat, 16 Oct @ 1130 for our monthly Ch 91meeting, via zoom. The topic is an historical perspective of the ARRL 1921 Transatlantic test – the first Amateur Radio transatlantic radio test. Our speaker is Bruce Godley Littlefield, the grandson of Paul Godley, 2ZE and one of the principals radio operators of the 1921 test. Bruce has extensively researched his grandfather’s journey in Amateur Radio, and I believe you’ll find his talk stimulating. The Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09 Click on the link, or copy and paste it to your browser ... DONOT use the Zoom app!

Ham Mega Pad (XXXL)

Ham Word Cloud Pad (XL)

Ham Codes, Signs, Words (Medium)

Ham Band Edges mousepad (Small)

Ham Alliance

Ham Alliance - Billboard - 970*250px

  • Create New...